CLAIMS for Jobseeker's Allowance on the Isle of Wight rose by 70 in December, but fell year-on-year by more than 600.
Office of National Statistics figures released today (Wednesday) showed the total number rose from 3,010 in November to 3,080 in December, compared with 3,700 at the same time last year.
The latest increase brought the rate to 3.8% of 16 to 64 year olds, more than double the south east average.
The number of 25 to 49 year olds claiming the unemployment benefit rose to 3.9%, from 1,515 to 1,555.
The number of 18 to 24-year-old jobseeker's allowance claimants rose to 8.7%, from 835 to 855, compared to 1,070 for the same period last year.
Nationally however, there was a fall for the same age group between November and December, from 5.1% to 4.9%. In the south east the rate fell from 3.2% to 3%.
Earlier this month the Isle of Wight Council announced it planned to shed 80 jobs this year, with a further 280 at risk over the following two years.